You Might Be an Idiot If…

idotJust in case you were sitting around wondering “Am I an idiot?” Well, here’s how you can tell.

You believe borrowing a $1 million a minute is OK.
Sure.  We’ll pay it back.  It’s always happened that way.

You believe our economy can’t collapse.
Yeah, the U.S is special that way.  Just because every prominent society before us has collapsed, there’s no reason to believe ours will.  History is just stupid like that.  I mean our government is so efficient at everything else, isn’t it?

You believe rich people got that way by stealing from others?
Yeah, they want everyone to be so poor they can no longer buy anything from them.  Then they’ll get richer when the rest of us stop buying stuff from them.

You believe progressive tax system is fair.
Only if you redefine “fair.” It sure has a different definition than when I was growing up.

You think the tax code and the IRS is the pinnacle of human achievement?
You bet, it’s such a joy to navigate those 72,000 pages of lawyer talk every year, so long as it continues to stick it to those evil rich people.  You know, it’s so good at that.

You think the Republican party is nothing but a bunch of old, rich, white dudes.
You might want to ask Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Bobby Jindal, and Carly Fiorina about that and remind them they’re in the wrong place.  Besides, the current slate of candidates on the Democrat slate is SO diverse.

Since life isn’t fair, you think government should make it that way.
Okay.  Let’s just pass a new law every time something I don’t like happens.

You believe politicians really care about your welfare.
When’s the last time those promises they made happened?

You think the war on poverty has been a terrific success.
No comment needed.

You think gun-free zones are a good idea.
What a brilliant idea.  Let’s make safe places for criminals to do their thing.

You believe outlawing guns is the only way to stop senseless killings?
Well, Hell yeah!  It sure worked when we outlawed drugs.

You believe requiring an ID to vote is racist.
Yeah, minorities are just too stupid or incapable of getting an ID.

Conservatives are actually declaring a war on women?
Well, that makes perfect sense doesn’t it? You know, alienating 50 percent of their voter base is a brilliant strategy and all.

Capitalism is an outdated system that only benefits the greedy.
Well, except for that inconvenient thing about how it’s raised the standard of living for the entire globe since it’s inception (except in those places where it’s not allowed).

Conservatives hate gay people.
Yep, they’re all out there beating the daylights out of gays every time one of them comes out.  It’s a real epidemic.

You think people who believe in the constitution or declare themselves patriots are terrorists.
You’re a special kind of idiot, aren’t you.

You believe free speech is SO over-rated.
It must be so since you’re so willing to disallow nearly anything that offends you.

The Planned Parenthood videos were “doctored.”
It’s so easy to change what someone actually says in a video and make it sound and look like they really said it.




Our Natural Rights. A Concept Now Forgotten


I’ve grown weary of calls for new laws every time something bad happens.  It is precisely this sentiment that got us where we are today.  A tangled mess of laws that cannot be understood and in many cases, even known.  Every time a law is passed, our natural rights are further infringed.  You might correctly assume it is this train of thought that guided my deliverance to little “l” libertarianism.

Our founding fathers did their best to incorporate the concept of natural rights with our Constitution.  But alas, men are fallible, even those brilliant men that codified the best document for governance in the history of the world. Our citizenry has grown accustomed to having the government intervene each time a wrong has been perceived.  It is a detrimental instinct and confirms that our expectations that government will take care of us is an acceptable view for the population.

There is a reason the framers didn’t itemize long lists of do’s and don’ts in the Bill of Rights.  It would be a fruitless effort to do so because their is no end to their application. They understood that each of those declarations required a modicum of common sense in their use.  The fact that many don’t have or refuse to use it is not justification for further codification.

Having spent part of the weekend in an online civil discussion with those that oppose my views about the 2nd Amendment clearly illustrated the degree to which our population has distorted the purpose of it and the other Amendments in the BIll of RIghts.  There is no end to the arguments on either side.  People have made up their minds and for the most part, they will not change.  Even if those opinions further infringe our natural rights.

What’s missing from this and other related debates is the foundation of those rights.  They are not rights granted to us by our government.  In most cases, they are constructed to codify what the government cannot do.  They were then, and still remain, what the framers best thought were ways to have our government support rights we already have–natural rights.   No further laws passed to elaborate, strengthen or weaken those rights are valid.  I will always assert my natural rights, no matter what our government does.

Among these is our natural right to defend ourselves and our property from those that would do us wrong.  I declare that right and no matter what our government attempts to do, I will retain it and use it in the best way I know.  And yes, this includes owning and bearing firearms.  Evil exists. It always will and in the unlikely event I am confronted with it, I will use my right to defend myself with mortal  means if necessary.

With all of our natural rights comes a responsibility to use them wisely and particularly in a way that doesn’t infringe the rights of others.  This is where the common sense part comes in.  No, I don’t believe using a rocket launcher is necessary to stop a mugger or an intruder in my home.  Those without common sense may not agree.  So what do we do with those that don’t properly wield their rights with common sense and cause harm to others?  We punish them.  But we cannot prevent them from acting badly in the first place by passing laws that infringe on the rights of the rest of us.  No laws will stop that. Passing laws restricting the ownership of firearms will do no more good than the laws we have against ownership of dangerous drugs like methamphetamine.

I’m not suggesting anarchy.  We must have laws that protect our rights, but we should always keep in mind that each law we pass should be with that goal in mind.  We do in fact need a law that disallows someone to run through a red light.  Why? Because those that do are threatening the right of life to others.  We don’t however need a law that prevents me from owning or carrying a gun.  If I use that gun improperly, the laws we have are there to punish me.  Restricting my right to own a gun makes no more sense than restricting the right of someone to own a car because they might run a red light.  There are indeed far more deaths caused by irresponsible drivers than from irresponsible firearm owners.

We should know that the more complex the laws, the more likely there will be unintended consequences which infringe on the rights of law abiding citizens.  We should take great care in ensuring that is not the case when considering new restrictions on the public.

In conclusion I offer this final bit of wisdom:  Beware anytime you catch yourself saying something like “They should do something about this.”  The “They” you refer to is government and while a government is necessary, those that serve us in that capacity have never been good at it.



Why I’ve Embraced the Libertarian Philosophy

patriot-actThanks to my God given ability to use critical thinking, I’ve finally come around to embracing a libertarian philosophy. Note the small ‘l’.  I’m not a card carrying party member.  Yes, I’m a little slow in the intellectual department. After all, it took me nearly 60 years to finally wake up. But wake up I have.  I’ve finally had that aha moment.

I’m a voracious reader of both fiction and non-fiction.  I’ve never lost my natural sense of curiosity and I’m always on a quest for knowledge and the best way to do that is by reading.  With the overwhelming presence of social media, one has to be careful though and carefully research what one reads, and yes, even read things from people with whom you disagree. Folks you can’t educate yourself with 140 character celebrity quotes or humorous Facebook memes. Yes, I enjoy them as much as anyone else, but if you really care, you should also read books and long articles and analyze them critically.

Over 40 years ago, I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.  20 years later, I retired from the military, and 20 years after that I still feel bound by that oath.  I progressed dramatically in my political beliefs from liberal to conservative and now to libertarian.  In short, I have evolved.

I have become deeply concerned about how our Constitution, and more specifically our Bill of Rights are being trampled, right before our very eyes.  Should it keep moving in this direction, only bad things can come of it.   I’m often asked, how all this affecting me.  In my day to day life, it seldom does.  But I’m cognizant of it elsewhere.  And it’s becoming more prevalent.  The fact that it does not affect me directly, doesn’t mean it won’t sometime soon.  The same goes for you.

Here’s what I see that troubles me:

  • property being taken without charges using asset seizure laws (5th Amendment violation),
  • we’re told we can’t speak our minds in public and hate speech is being criminalized (1st Amendment violation),
  • we’re told if, when and where we can carry a firearm and what kinds of firearms are allowable (2nd Amendment violations),
  • we watch the states sit idly by when the Federal government runs roughshod over them for things not delegated to the Federal government by the Constitution, e.g. Department of Education, Department of Commerce, Department of Energy, Department of Housing and Urban Development. (10th Amendment violations),
  • the Patriot act allows us to be arbitrarily categorized as terrorists and we can be detained without charges indefinitely (4th, 5th, and 6th Amendment violations),
  • we see government officials given a pass for offenses that would land us common folk in jail, e.g., ignoring or delaying subpoenas and obfuscating evidence,
  • we watch as our Supreme Court writes legislation
  • we allow unelected Federal bureaucrats to legislate through the “rule making process” (which is how we end up with thousands of pages of regulations that carry the weight of law from laws that may only have a dozen pages).
  • we’ve watched the Interstate Commerce clause be twisted to legitimize anything the federal government chooses to do.

For some specific examples of constitutional violations, check out this link here

In each and every case above, we’ve allowed lawyers and judges to torture the English language in such as was as to make it unrecognizable.  We’re told we’re not smart enough to understand the simple language in our Constitution. Apparently we should allow those brilliant elite academics and legal practitioners to tell us what the framers really meant.  After all, the Federalist Papers is a work of fiction and we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be mislead by the very people who wrote our Constitution.

I’ve become an advocate for the libertarian movement because it seeks to stop this madness.  We’re rapidly moving toward third world country status and the only thing keeping us from being so is our fragile, yet prosperous economy.  If that fails, our built in protections will cease to exist.

I implore all who read this to seriously investigate the value of the libertarian movement.

A Question of Privilege


I’ve been struggling with this concept of “privilege.” particularly in the context of “White Privilege” or “Male Privilege” that has become a rallying cry for social justice in recent times. Whether it’s used as a meme as in the image here or in news reports or even detailed articles, it conjures up some very emotional feelings for people on all sides of it’s intended audience. Here, I’ve tried to consider it as objectively as I can and give you my own personal view of it.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on it as well.

I recently had a conversation about this with a young man with whom I probably disagree on many things politically, but unlike other conversations I have with people about things like this he was very considerate, thoughtful, sincere, and critical without being hateful.  His view seemed to be that being born white has given him privileges not given to others, simply because of his race.  I didn’t have time to finish the conversation with him, but it did cause me to reflect on it for some time and resulted in my writing this article.

Let me begin by saying for the record and for some context.  I’m a 60 year old white male who grew up in a small town in Florida. I witnessed segregation with water fountains for “colored” and bathrooms labeled for Men, Women and Colored.  I was in middle school when the schools were integrated.  It was a turbulent time, but one that helped define my generation.  I witnessed outward, overt racism and when I was old enough to understand, I detested it from that point forward.  From my perspective, over the next 25 years, race relations improved dramatically.  Unfortunately, and for reasons I won’t go into here, I believe race relations are now worse than at any other time in my life.  For this I am saddened and profoundly disappointed.

The meaning of White Privilege from those who champion this cause seems to be:  if you are born white you are attributed benefits and opportunities not afforded to those that are not white.

I personally do not completely agree, but let’s assume for the benefit of debate that it is true.   So, to what end are we to accept this premise?

  1. Does it imply that whites are born racist and should be brought to justice because of it?  No, only those on the extreme believe this. For reference see this article here.
  2. Should white people feel guilty about it?  No, being born of any race was not a decision anyone made–ever.
  3. Should white people step aside and afford special opportunities for non-whites at expense to themselves?  There are many who believe so.
  4. Should we consider then other classes of people in the same way?  Those born in an excessively low income status suffer many of the same disadvantages.
  5. If we don’t agree, does it imply a racist nature and re-education is needed?  No, but some would have you believe so.

Simply acknowledging its existence without doing something about it does nothing other than provide sympathy to those without the privilege.  How does that help anyone?  Does anyone with fewer privileges than others really want or need sympathy?

I grew up relatively poor, although I never went without food or shelter.  I was aware that others looked down on me because of my social and family income status but I never considered myself under-privileged.  I spent most of my life working hard and trying to achieve success (as I defined it).  I pulled myself out of that social and income category despite how I was born. I don’t believe my race had anything to do with it.  Nearly all of my early adult life was in the military where racism was simply not tolerated.  I managed to get a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree during my 20 years of service.  When I retired from the military, I was in a position to do more because of my education and the choices I made.  And by the way, there were many non-whites among my peers that did the same. And regardless of all the hype, our country is replete with examples of people of all classes (ethnicity, income status, etc.) who have succeeded in life despite how they were born.

From my perspective, using the concept of White Privilege assigns a victim status to those who are not white, and in my view that’s unintentional racism.  It tends to give excuses to those with difficult circumstances to avoid trying to pull themselves out. If one is told from early in life they have no chance of succeeding (for any reason), they are less likely to try. To do otherwise would mean to ignore and disrespect those who told them so.

While for many the concept of privilege is championed with good intentions, I’m confident it does nothing more than fuel more hatred, discontent and racism from both sides.  It actually makes whatever racial problems we do have even worse.  I’m not a believer in using a victim status to achieve anything.

Those that know me well, know I detest political correctness as it is being used today. Yes, there is speech that is hateful, hurtful, and offensive.  But in most cases, it can be avoided by simply using good manners and common sense.  But like other forms of political correctness, pushing the concept of white privilege only servers to detract from and harm the cause it was intended to help.


Why I Support Pamela Geller: It’s Not What You Think.

It’s happened again.  I’m sick up and fed with media cowardice and political correctness.  Whenever I hear things like “I find what she’s saying disgusting and deplorable, but i support her right to..” my BS alarm goes off loud and clear.    They always have to play it safe, don’t they?  What they’re trying to say is they support the 1st Amendment but this is over the line.  What they’re really saying is they don’t really support the 1st Amendment and Pamela Geller should be labeled with a scarlet letter.

But most people are completely missing the point.  Pamela Geller is much more than a provocateur. What she’s done isn’t about the freedom for political cartoons.  And in reality, it’s about far more than dealing with a religion saddled with nutjobs.  It’s really about the danger of political correctness and how its pervasiveness has reached a boiling point.

Is there a 1st Amendment an issue here?  Absolutely.  But there’s more.  The 1st Amendment is about preventing the government from infringing on your right to free speech.  It has nothing to do with social mores.  What’s happening here is that our social mores are evolving to a point that effectively override what the 1st Amendment is supposed to protect.  In many ways, acceptable social customs can do far more harm than the government infringement of a constitutional provision.  History is replete with examples (slavery comes to mind).  That’s what’s happening in America today and that is why Pamela Geller’s provocative cartoon contest is so important.

When we have a President that refuses to acknowledge a fundamental characteristic of our biggest enemy for fear of offending others, it is safe to assume political correctness has reached monumental proportions and has now broken into the realm of the absurd. And this time it’s not just about making people feel uncomfortable for speaking what’s on their mind.  It’s gotten so pervasive that it is now led to life threatening danger to everyday American citizens. It’s gotten to the point that many American citizens fear ridicule from their social circles more than the danger brought on by the acts they pretend to protect.

Although I shouldn’t be, I’m still amazed at the shallow media criticisms of Pamela Geller.  The media is notorious for jumping on social bandwagons.  They nearly always ignore facts in favor of shaping a good headline.  If you believed what you hear and read, you would believe her to be the moral equivalent of the Westboro Baptist Church wackos.  The only thing she shares with them is that she’s been provocative.  What she’s being provocative about is important.  Both of them deserve the constitutional protections, but one is about the causes of idiots and the other a harbinger for the potential destruction of our country.  Political correctness can, and indeed does cause danger.

I encourage everyone to listen to any of the recent interviews with Pamela Geller.  Aside from her being a brilliant constitutional observer, she’s also got some important things to say.  So, for all you liberals out there.  Go hide from all your PC friends so they won’t see you or hear you, listen to what she says, then get back to me about any point where she is wrong.  I’ll be waiting.

A Libertarian’s View of the Bill of Rights

bill-of-rightsI’m not a famous talking head. I don’t have a syndicated column.  In fact, outside my small circle of friends and family, no one has even heard of me.  I’m just a regular schmo who has adopted a libertarian philosophy and feels the need vent.

There wasn’t a pivotal “aha” moment that converted me from a “conservative” to a “libertarian.”  It came about over time.  As I think about it now, I realize it had a lot to do with trying to deal with some conflicts I had with the traditional conservative movement.

I describe myself as a “lower case libertarian” because I don’t want to be pigeon-holed into a political party’s platform.  While I agree with much of the Libertarian Party’s platform, there are some important parts of it that don’t fit my positions, which I won’t go into here.  Strict party adherence always leads to self defeating litmus tests and evaluations of purity, which nearly always lead to division and misrepresentation and defeat at the ballot box.

As a younger person, I had a profound misunderstanding of our Bill of Rights.  Like many others, I viewed them as rights granted to me from the government. How many times have you heard something like “The constitution gives me the right to free speech?” The distinction between this belief and the truth cannot be overstated, which is why I used the adjective ‘profound.’  Government does not grant us our rights.  We have them naturally.  We’re born with them.  And for those of a religious persuasion, we believe our Creator endowed them to us.  No matter how we got them though, they are there from the beginning.  This is why an infant defies his parent when being corrected.  He is striving for his freedom.  Parents are there to correct behavior that is unsafe or socially unacceptable.  But we all feel the ‘need’ for freedom from our earliest days.

It is only through socialization taught to us by our parents, and later schools, and later government, that we become trained to resist our urges for freedom.  We all acknowledge the need for some of this training.  Our parents were right in preventing us from sticking our hands in the open flame.

Somewhere along the course of our brief history on this planet, many have come to believe that others should control how we behave.  They somehow believe these “others” will act on our behalf instead of in their own self-interest.  To some degree we need others to help support and defend laws.  It is necessary only because of flaws in humanity that lead some people to anti-social behavior.  Because a minority of the population believes their freedom includes the right to hurt others or entitles them to other’s property, there exists a social contract that should prevent that from occurring.  When that social contract is breached, it is the duty of government to stop it.

Back to the Bill of Rights.  They do not grant us the rights.  They simply acknowledge, support, embrace, codify and even defend those rights in a way to prevent government from infringing on them.  Look at each of them closely.  They all describe what government “cannot” do, not what we “can” do.  They are limits on the power of government.  We need not ask for permission to exercise them or be licensed to use them.

Having these codified in our constitution was a brilliant move by our founding fathers.  While their brilliance has resulted in an unprecedented movement of freedom and served as a model for liberty throughout the world, they are still flawed.  To many libertarians and conservatives, this may sound like blasphemy.  To liberals, it will sound like a former conservative finally coming to his senses.  But what I mean by flawed, is that the language was not strong enough to prevent them from being perverted by our own government.  In nearly all of the ten amendments in our Bill of Rights, our government has seen fit to do exactly what the framers hoped to discourage: infringe on the very right it was intended to codify.

This can be illustrated by examining the debate about the second amendment.  It clearly states the right “shall not be infringed.”  Yet, it is infringed throughout our country with federal, state, and local laws that limit how this “right” is to be administered.  People can debate the wisdom of including this in the Bill of Rights, but as long as it’s there, it quite simply should not be infringed.  If wide enough support exists for eliminating this from the Bill of Rights, there is a process by which it can be repealed.  But because politicians know it’s repeal could not be achieved, they’ve continually and successfully sought ways to circumvent it.

Over time we’ve slowly seen these important amendments watered down, interpreted, and even ignored to the point that the populace has come to accept it.  The rights acknowledged to us in the first, second, fourth and tenth amendments have been unceremoniously destroyed by judges who have clearly not understood the distinction between rights that are granted by government and rights that are self evident and naturally occurring.

I’m afraid I jumped on the libertarian bandwagon too late.  I hope and wish for a groundswell of change toward this way of thinking, but my knowledge of history and experience with the human condition lead me to believe we are all too late.  It is a sad thing to watch the very foundations of what raised the standard of living for our planet is slowly (but at an accelerating rate) eroding to a point that it will soon fail.


imagesI’ve been thinking about “fundamental transformation” lately. As I watch our country evolve into a a socialist state and inevitable collapse, I’m deeply saddened by both what is emerging and the reasons why.  I want to state up front that this is not a partisan rant.  I despise all leaders, Democrat and Republican, who have participated in sending us down this path.

I reject the premise that fundamental change was needed at all.  We’ve created the most affluent society every assembled on this planet and for that, we’re supposed to feel guilty.  That affluence, which has somehow become a dirty notion, has managed to raise the standard of living not only in this country, but throughout the world.  Could it be improved?  Of course.  We should always strive for a better way of life, but without this affluence, this world would indeed be a much darker place.

I ponder what goes through the minds of the people who voted for our current p)Resident, the one who has ushered in this new age of transformation with a velocity not seen before our time.

The people in this country have never endured true tyranny and abject poverty.  They have for the most part lived in a time of relative ease and comfort.  So why do they desire fundamental transformation?  Because they’re a bunch of spoiled, whiney ass punks, that’s why.  I can almost forgive the young people, being idealists by nature.  As for the rest of you, you should be ashamed of yourselves.  From my perspective, you’re a bunch of jealous leaches, absorbed with your absurd notion of “fairness.”  All you want is more of other people’s stuff, and to hell with what will be left for your children and grandchildren as they will undoubtedly be living in a state that you never had to endure.

How can you not see that you’re headed down a path of destruction, the likes of which this country has never seen?  You seem to think the leaders of this country would never let that happen.  What is it about them that makes you think they’re interested in your welfare?  They’re interested in only two things:  power and control.  Have you looked up the definition of corruption lately?  You sit idly by as these “leaders” pass laws that don’t apply to them.  They do it with a straight face and without shame.  That alone should cause you to shiver in fear. This is tyranny, straight up.

As this transformation evolves, there will come a time that you will realize it is not what you envisioned.  Your instinct will of course to blame Bush. Why?  Because in addition to your nearly limitless spoiled nature, your egos are beyond the ability to acknowledge when you are wrong.  Just keep in mind, the current p)Resident has raised the national debt by more than all our previous presidents combined.  Our unfunded financial obligations have reached a value that exceeds all the wealth on our planet.  Not only is it unsustainable, but it is impossible.

The p)Resident is not the only one to blame.  I only blame him for accelerating what was already inevitable.  I actually blame you, the people who sought fundamental change.

I only find solace in knowing that when things get really bad, your are the ones who will not survive.   You, the self described intellectual elite, will be culled out through an accelerated version of natural selection and because you did it, you will deserve what you get.  As for those who see this coming, yes we will suffer beside you, but if you think you’re still entitled to other people’s stuff, you will indeed have a rough awakening.

Grief: Stage 2

imgresMost psycho-babble enthusiasts will tell you grief has several stages. According to one model, I’m smack dab in the middle of Stage 2: Anger. In the immortal words of Cheech and Chong, I’m “sick up and fed” with the course our country has chosen. My Mom taught me that if I don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Sorry Mom, I’m about to unleash some stored up vitriol that has been festering in me for a very long time. I’ve been biting my tongue since the November election for fear of being lumped in with the liberal crowd since they seem to have nothing intellectual to offer. Just emotion. Well, not anymore. Now it’s my turn.

I’ve come to the conclusion that the majority of the voting public consists of nothing but a bunch of whiney, spoiled rotten, lazy ass, complaining, belly-aching, overindulgent, pussies. If you voted for this current president, you belong in this category. The rest of this article is directed at you.

You’re nothing but a bunch of wretched, miserable, cheerless, pathetic, despicable, shameful, low-down, loathsome, nut-jobs, incapable of understanding true logic or even the most basic of economic principles (or basic arithmetic for that matter). You’ve finally done it. You’ve ruined this country and now there’s no turning back. Do you have any idea what $120 trillion in unfunded liabilities means? Well, it means the destruction of our country, that’s what it means.

After you’ve sucked the public tit dry and all your little goodies disappear, I’m sure you’ll still be whining and blaming Bush or anyone else but yourselves. You’ll continue to act out like a two year old in the candy aisle at the grocery store. You’ll continue to cry out “That’s not fair! Wah, wah, wah.”

What, you think it’s not fair because you can’t get a good job? Who told you that was guaranteed? Did you think about that when you decided not to go to college? Or when you chose one of those liberal arts, basket-weaving majors in college? Did you really expect to get a six figure job, just because you want it? Was it the promise of those all important unions that said you’re entitled to an $80,000 salary for putting lug nuts on tires on an assembly line with nothing but a high school education? Did you really think that gravy train would last forever?

Who told you that medical care should be free or an inalienable right? Where in the constitution does it say that? Where does it say you should get paid in perpetuity when you lose your job? Where does it say the government (translate: your fellow tax-paying citizens) should pay for your housing, your food, your child care, and everything else you need?

And do you seriously think those so called evil conservative businesses want to keep you down? Are you not capable of even the most basic critical thinking? Why would they want that? They want you to be prosperous so you can buy more of their stuff. Is that really hard to understand?

What kind of a moron do you have to be to believe that law abiding citizens having guns causes more danger to society? Do you not understand even the most basic of human behavior to know that criminals don’t give a rat’s ass about any laws we pass. There are over 300 million guns in this country. Do you really think criminals won’t get their hands on some of them just because you passed some lame, feel-good legislation? Do you really want them to run free with those guns and prevent common citizens from engaging them to defend themselves?

You complain about your lot in life and about how rough you have it. You poor souls. Do you not understand how it infuriates so many of us to watch you use food stamps while talking on the latest smart phone? You have cars, microwaves, DVD players, iPads, iPhones, food, shelter, and EVERYTHING else you need, and you still complain about how bad you have it? You slime balls. Do you not understand what real poverty is? Do you know that half of the world’s population lives on less than $2 per day–that millions are actually starving to death every day and dying from lack of clean water. And do you not take any responsibility for your own lot in life? Does it always have to be someone else’s fault? And even if it is someone else’s fault, too bad! Get over it, grow a pair, get up off your asses and do something about it. You selfish bastards. You care about nothing but yourselves while cloaking it in your fantasy world of a “socialist” utopia, yet you don’t have the balls to call it what it is.

You’re entitled to three things in our country: Life, liberty, and the “pursuit” of happiness. Nothing else!

I have one final question for you detestable jerk-wads: What have you done? You’ve really done it now. You’ve done irreparable damage, so now what will you do? I know, you’ll suck it dry until there is nothing left but scraps and you’ll continue to blame everyone but those actually responsible: YOU!

Whatever sympathy I might have had for you in the past, is now gone. I hold you in the lowest regard of all humanity. Perhaps God will choose to turn you idiots back into real humans so you can use the abilities he gave to you to think properly. I have no doubt that God sanctioned this country. This is why America has managed to raise the standard of living for this entire planet, and eased the suffering of millions. I hope He isn’t done. He is our only real hope now.

I don’t know where in these stages of grief falls sadness, but I’m there too. I’m genuinely sad because my children and grandchildren will not have the country I grew up in. I weep for them.

Finally, may God forgive me for this most un-Christian like rant.


For those that find “racism” in every comment, you should know that you greatly diminish the cause of those that want to extinguish it where it really exists.   According to Freud, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”

A Story-Book Ending and an Idiot Dad

I learned something very important from my youngest daughter yesterday.  Probably a lot more than she would think.

She is 18 and moved away to college last week.  Her passion in life has always been riding horses and showing them.  She began showing horses when she was 7 years old.  Every year, she has competed in numerous horse shows.  Each year, the World’s Championship Horse Show is held in Louisville, Kentucky, near our home.  She has entered every year and to her great disappointment, never won first place.















Long ago, she made it her life’s dream to win a World Championship.  Over the years, it became more and more apparent to me that her chances were low that she would.  In this business, the horses that win are usually very, very expensive.  More expensive than we could afford.  Several years ago, when she told me about her lifetime dream of winning a World Championship, I told her she would probably never win.  She was crushed and ran off crying.  I knew right away I had made one of the worst mistakes I would ever make as a parent.  My intentions were good–I simply didn’t want her to aspire to something that wasn’t possible.  I also felt guilty because I couldn’t afford to buy her a horse that was needed to win.

What I failed to realize in that brief moment, is that she subscribed to the story-book notion that as long as you work hard, believe in yourself, and never give up, you can always achieve your goal.  Being a pragmatist with pessimistic leanings, I subscribed to the “life isn’t fair” theory and I wanted to protect her from further disappointment.  What I told her that day was just plain stupid and it’s something I’ll regret until the day I die.

Despite the growing odds that she may never achieve her goal, she never gave up and she worked very hard at countless lessons and countless horse shows–many of which led to only more disappointment.  She persevered.

I’m one of those parents that NEVER misses the activities of my kids unless something totally unavoidable prevents me from doing so.  So, as the years dragged on, my heart was crushed each time she entered a show that ended in disappointment. I dreaded going to each show, knowing we were getting closer and closer to a lost dream.

Several years ago, we told her once she went off to college, we would no longer be able to afford keeping the horses we had, so just as she began college this year, she entered her last event at the World Championships.  This was going to be her last ride.

What happened next was nothing less than remarkable.

She was entered in a large class of 33 horses.  Her horse had been giving her trouble all year long and the prospects did not look good for the last ride of her career.  Because the class was so large, the class was split into two divisions to compete separately.  She was to ride in the second division.  As the first class was about to enter the arena, she was preparing to warm up her horse just outside the entrance.

Along with the rest of my family, I was anxiously awaiting her ride in the fabled Freedom Hall at the Kentucky State Fair Grounds–hallowed ground among this community of competitors.  Unknown to us as she was preparing to warm up her horse, a trainer from the first division yelled out “I need a rider for our horse!  Right now.”  It turns out, one of the riders had become suddenly ill and could not enter the ring.  If someone did not show her horse, it would be disqualified for later showing.  My daughter’s trainer heard the call for help and said “My rider can do it!”   The other trainer told ours that this horse was game and had mostly only been ridden by professional trainers.  Our trainer responded “Yes, you bet she can!”  Somewhat intimidated, but excited to ride the other horse, my daughter mounted this horse she had never seen before and within seconds, entered the arena with 13 other riders.  My daughter and her trainer instinctively knew that not being able to warm up her own horse would likely mean they would do poorly in the second division.   Besides, who knew, maybe she would have a better chance on this horse she didn’t know.

From that point forward, she dominated the class and was cheered on by the crowd.  And when the announcement of the ribbons came, my little baby girl was announced the winner, a World champion rider.  She smiled and cried her way through the award announcement and her victory pass.  Afterward, she sobbed uncontrollably for nearly 30 minutes.  All those years of hard work had finally paid off and she got her story-book ending in the last ride of her career.

Her tears were mostly tears of joy of course, but combined with thoughts that validated her abilities as a rider.  No more doubts about whether she had not won because of lack of ability.  She had indeed proved her abilities in that single event.  Riding a game horse you’ve never been on before and doing so well is a remarkable feat.

So, what did I learn from my daughter?  Well, if you work hard and never give up, and you believe in yourself (no matter what your Dad says) you can indeed achieve your goal.  I learned this from my daughter.  The very thing I was supposed to teach her.

It later occurred to me that this was a God thing.  No, I don’t think God made her win that championship.  I don’t think God helps people win things as trivial (in the grand scheme of things) as a horse show, but I do think he helps things along that shape a young person’s life.  I have little doubt that winning that championship was more important to her than anyone else at that show.   I think God set some extraordinary things in place to give her the opportunity to do so–to allow her to prove herself.  And when she did, I’m confident that God smiled with the rest of us and said “Well done daughter.  Well done.”

Oh, and Caroline, first I want to say how sorry I am for saying such a terrible thing to you at a such a vulnerable time in your life and when you needed encouragement.  Parents aren’t perfect, and I proved that in spades that day I told you you couldn’t do it.  Secondly, you’ve made me the proudest Dad in the world. Not just because you won.  But because you proved to me and many others that perseverance and hard work will always pay off and you did it with grace, humility, and joy.

You Didn’t Build That

I’ve been hearing a lot of griping from the left lately about how President Obama’s “You  Didn’t Build That” speech is being taken out of context and used unfairly in campaign ads.

While the point of context is a good one, it doesn’t diminish what Obama was saying in the overall speech.  Yes, we all know that roads and bridges are important.  And so are teachers.  They all contributed in some way to our successes and failures.  Yes, the Republicans are unfairly taking advantage of the “out of context” remark.  To that I say:  They have no choice but to fight fire with fire.

What he seemed to be saying to me in that speech is that successful business owners and entrepreneurs should stop patting themselves on the back because they’re no smarter than others and they don’t work harder than others.  Here I have to disagree with him vehemently.  Most small business owners do work harder than the general public.  Certainly not many 40 hour weeks in my schedule or other business men and women that I know. As far as smarter?  Many of them are more savvy and more motivated toward success than the general public. I call that smart.

Now, with respect to patting ourselves on the back.  Most of us who’ve been successful don’t do that.  But we don’t like being scolded for our success. He started this class warfare stuff.  We didn’t.  Who was going around bragging about being smarter or working harder before he brought this up?  He said it, but I sure haven’t seen it.  We’ve risked our family’s livelihood, worked 80 hour weeks, done without healthcare, never asked for a handout or bailout from the government, and we’ve believed in and pursued our dreams.  Now that we’ve succeeded (top 5%), we pay 67% of all federal income taxes.  And somehow that’s not our fair share?

The speech in its entirety and in full context was insulting to many of us.

Political Bickering is Useless

Are you beating your head against the wall, not understanding why your friends can’t see why their presidential candidate is the wrong one?  Maybe it’s because you’re going about it all wrong.

I recently read an article that actually changed my mind on a very political, heated issue.  Why did I change my mind? The article was a debate using email  as it’s medium.  It was also civil and without ad hominem attacks, racial slurs, and most of all, no attempt on either side to question the motives of their opponents.  Being one of very short attention span, reading a 10,000+ word article is no small feat for me, but I trudged on, amazed out how civil debate could actually be useful.

So, how can you change someone’s mind?  Leave out the invective, knock off the attempts at making your opponent look stupid, and insist on civil discourse.  As soon as the debate degrades into something else, you may as well quit.  At that point, you’re doing nothing but trading insults and “gotchas.”  Really, how many times have you ever heard someone on the other side actually say something like this:

“Yeah, you know what?  You’re right.  I never looked at it that way.  I’ve been really foolish.  I think I’ll come over to your side now.”

So, if you really want to change someone’s mind, set up the debate first by agreeing to some rules like those used by the author of the article, then avoid those instinctive impulses to pulverize your opponent with useless facts.

 NOTE:  The title of the article I read was “To Profile or Not to Profile.”  Its subject was whether or not the TSA should use ethnic profiling for airport security.  Originally, I was all for the use of ethnic profiling.  Now I’m not (probably not for the reasons many would like, but at least I changed my mind). The debate was among two very smart statisticians. Read the article here and let me know what you think.


Evil Conservative Confession

Okay.  I give up fighting the liberals.  Since it appears I cannot convince them that I’m not really an evil guy, I may as well come clean with a full confession.


  1. I am rich and I want to stay that way no matter what it takes.  All I want to do is get as much money as I can from the poor and middle class before it all runs out and they can’t buy anything from me again.  Then me and my rich friends can party like the animals that we are and laugh at the great unwashed.
  2. Now that I’m rich, I don’t believe I should have to work for any future wealth.  I think I should just sit around and let other people pay my way. After all, it’s become the new American way.
  3. I am a businessman.  I could care less about creating jobs, even though doing so would make me richer.  I risked everything I have and worked harder than any of those union thugs and I had no guarantee or health care, retirement, or even an income for that matter.  You see, I really am that stupid.  I finally admit that I have a vastly inferior intellect than all those academicians who’ve never run a business.  They really do understand how to run them better than me.
  4. I love raping and pillaging (metaphorically speaking of course).  The only reason my businesses have been successful is because I made poor, stupid people buy things from me.
  5. I hate poor people.  They’re all a bunch of lazy no-gooders that deserve only my scraps. I only give more to charity than liberals do because I want to keep up an appearance of caring.
  6. I despise old people.  Despite the fact that I have two elderly parents who are far from wealthy, I think they should all eat cat food.  After all, they’re not productive anymore.  Let them die in the streets. Safety nets are for wimps.
  7. I’m a Christian–and what could be more stupid than that?  I only hope this growing underclass never finds out that we achieved our success in great part due to our faith.
  8. I think capitalism is so overrated.  Why just think, if I keep working at getting richer, I can help create a bigger and bigger underclass that is so dependent on me, they’ll worship at my feet.
  9. I hate dogs.  I keep them around only because I like their unconditional devotion to me and I can sick them on poor or old people.  What a hoot!
  10. I really don’t care if my kids don’t have as good a life as I have.  I just want to get everyone’s money as fast as I can.  Even that won’t be enough so I’ll just borrow some more and leave the debt to my kids.  I want the last check I write to bounce, then leave my kids nothing but debt.  Who cares if they have to sell off my estate at fire-sale rates and still end up owning good old Uncle Sam for the rest of their lives.  Heck, maybe if they go to jail for not paying it, they’ll learn a little something.  Besides, they didn’t earn it.
  11. I hate all immigrants.  They should stop pretending to be something they’re not by working hard and doing jobs that even our own underclass won’t do.  Yes, I’ll hire them to work for me, but only because I like watching people suffer.
  12. I hate abortion–but only because that means we’re not raising enough of the underclass to work for and buy stuff from the evil businesses that I run.
  13. I am a racist of the highest order.  I haven’t worked well with minorities all my life because I liked them.  I’ve only pretended to be tolerant when my daughters have dated boys of different races.   I really didn’t care about those minority employees or my daughters dating minority boys. I just wanted to keep my eye on them because I knew they were going to steal from me.
  14. I believe health care should be for the rich only.  That way, the poor will die off quicker.  Although I will miss making fun of them, it will be a much cleaner world. It’s just a way of speeding up natural selection.

Independence Day

Happy Independence Day America! She was worth fighting for then and she’s worth fighting for now. I know we’re struggling now and at times it looks hopeless, but think how hopeless it was when our brave founders helped bring her to life. We can bring her back to its former glory, but we have to fight for it. Never forget that liberty is our goal.

Educating the Young Voter – Keep it Simple

I had an interesting conversation with a young man who will turn 18 in October.  He proudly told me he will be able to vote in the upcoming presidential election.  Then he asked me “Who should I vote for?”  Saving the grammar lesson for later, I told him he should study the facts and make up his own mind.  I’ve been a mentor to this young man for five years.  Knowing his mother to be of the liberal persuasion, I didn’t want to get in between him and his mom.  You see, he’s lived most of his life without a father and he loves his mom very much.

Then he asked me “Who are you going to vote for?”  I wanted to be honest, so I told him I would be voting for Mitt Romney.  He asked “Why?” I told him that I would nearly always choose a conservative over a liberal.  Not satisfied, he then asked “What’s the difference between a liberal and a conservative?”  It was becoming clear to me that he didn’t understand anything about our political landscape, yet he would be voting in November.   I thought “Okay, now’s my chance to provide a little education.  If he’s not going to get it anywhere else, it’s my job as a mentor to at least give him some direction.”

I didn’t want to get bogged down in a lot of details and I wanted to avoid any of the ridiculous tripe (about both conservatives and liberals) so often heard when this subject comes up:  So I summed it up with the following:

“Conservatives believe in equal opportunity and liberals believe in equal outcome.”  

While I know there are other differences, I thought this was the best one to use as a model.  He didn’t have an immediate reply and I could nearly see the gears turning in his head.  He was thinking in through, which was my goal.  I didn’t want him to blindly vote for someone just because I said so. I wanted him to vote while understanding why he was choosing one over another.  Yes, we had a little more conversation about the difference between equal opportunity and equal outcome, but I’m confident he really understood the significant differences and how they play a role in how our leaders govern.

With most young voters, their eyes glaze over when you try to discuss political matters, particularly economics.  It gets even worse when they hear adults using phrases like “conservatives are evil” or “all liberals are idiots.”  They see the endless bickering on the news and they tune out–and I don’t blame them.  So, it’s incumbent on us as more mature adults to educate them, but do so in simple terms.   Besides, the differences aren’t really that complicated.  As a father of two daughters, both of whom will be voting for the first time in a presidential election, I’ve done my best to present these differences in simple terms.  We owe it to our young voters to educate them in a responsible way.

I’m not sure how those with whom I have influence will vote, but at least I’ve presented it in an objective way without the typical invective that is so prevalent in today’s political environment.  Hopefully they’ll vote with some true understanding of the deep differences between conservatives and liberals.

Let’s save the discussion about Keynesian economics for later.


Pseudo Capitalism

A friend of mine said he had a conversation with his neighbor who told him “The only thing wrong with capitalism is the profit motive.”   Really?  Where do you start when someone says something like that? Aside from the fact that the foundation of capitalism is the profit motive, I wondered how someone could be so ignorant.

After thinking about it for a bit, I realized what this guy was saying.  He desperately wants people to believe he’s a capitalist, because to do otherwise, would suggest he’s a socialist (or God forbid something worse), but in reality, he supports a socialist agenda.  You can’t reject the notion of a profit motive and be a capitalist.

I don’t really understand why people want to hide their true beliefs behind the veil of something entirely different.  After all, socialism isn’t a dirty word.  It’s just an alternative to capitalism.  It’s a legitimate debate, so just admit what you really are, and defend it, but stop hiding your true beliefs behind the sanctity of capitalism.

You can’t have it both ways.  You can’t be a capitalist and despise profit making.  Im sorry, but it just doesn’t work that way.  And please, don’t suggest that you can successfully construct a hybrid of the two.  Doing that always results in what we have today:  an economy headed toward total collapse.  The evidence is there for anyone to see in Europe.

How to Love a Liberal

NOTE:  After a nearly three year hiatus from blogging I decided to start again.  With the most important presidential election this country has ever had coming in just five months, I felt the need to start again.  I’ve left some of the old blog posts here, if you care to look at them.  Warning, this post is fairly long and the answer to the question about how to love a liberal doesn’t come until the end.

I had an interesting conversation with my older brother last week.  We live in different states and we were both, along with my younger brother, visiting our parents in Florida.  Naturally, the subject of politics comes up, as it always does.  You see, my older brother is a liberal (I know, the shame is almost too much to bear).  He’s not what I would call a flaming liberal, but just one that leans toward a liberal philosophy.

He’s 62, works as an information technology executive for the state of Florida, an educated man, has worked hard all his life and never asked for or expected a handout, and of deep religious faith.  Not what many of us think of as a stereotypical liberal.


So knowing him to be a very intelligent person (I’m sure his IQ vastly exceeds mine, and I’m a pretty smart guy), so when he told me he was going to vote for Obama, I was truly shocked.  I thought, “I can almost understand voting for him the first time, but given Obama’s performance, nobody of reasonable intelligence could get bamboozled again!”  Right?

Wrong.  But why?  I believe there are a lot of people like him out there.  And if that is the case, what should our message be to voters of his ilk?  Like most people who are strongly opinionated (like myself), it would be difficult to change his mind, but maybe that’s because we’re not targeting people like him with the right message.

After he told me about voting for Obama, I ended the conversation and ran out of the room like a spoiled child.  I knew where the conversation would lead, and knowing my family, it was about to get ugly, and I wanted to avoid a yelling match.

I stewed about it for a while and decided I just had to know how he could do such a thing with all the evidence pointing to Obama being the worst president we’ve ever had.  So, the next morning, I told him I wanted to ask him a few questions, and we agreed to not let the conversation get out of control.  I just had to know.

I began the conversation by trying to agree on some basic ideas.  So, I asked him, “Do you believe our country is facing a financial crisis?”  I further framed the question by telling him my definition of crisis in this context meant that we are facing an imminent total financial collapse in the near future.

His answer:  “No.”  Well, if we couldn’t agree on that, there wasn’t much point in going further.  He did however acknowledge that he hasn’t researched our financial situation, and not being a student of economics like me, he probably wouldn’t.  He just believes our problems will be fixed, like they always have.

This brings up an important point though.  If he is of this opinion, no doubt many others are.  I’m guessing that if we could convince those like him that we are facing imminent collapse, one that will make the great depression look like a walk in the park, they might change their minds.  The skeptic in me wants to think they know it deep down, but they’re sticking their heads in the sand and hoping it doesn’t happen before they die.  But that little voice on my other shoulder tells me that’s not so.  Most of them have children and surely they don’t want to leave them a country in turmoil.


I usually put liberals in categories like the following:

Flaming Zealots.  These are ones that truly don’t like our country, don’t believe in free enterprise and truly would rather us live in a socialist society.  They are naive and for some reason, believe they could achieve a utopian society, even though it’s never been accomplished in the past (you see, they’re so much smarter than those who’ve tried it before).  Most of them are hippy wannabes or old hippies that never grew up.  They have infiltrated our institutions of higher learning and teaching our children their tripe.  These people vote.

Ambivalents.  These are those that just want to go about their living, have lost faith in our government, and are typically uneducated regarding economics.  They aren’t zealots and if you asked them if they are liberal, most would say no.  They do however rely on the mainstream media for their opinions.  They don’t understand that most media is no longer objective and nearly always fall for the “sound bite” messages being thrown at them in political campaigns.  They believe in a sense of fairness and are subject to emotional appeals rather than logical debate.  They simply will not dedicate the time to educate themselves.  Many of them vote out of a sense of patriotic duty, but many do not, because “they’re just too busy,” or are skeptics believing that “the system is corrupt, so why bother.”

Entitlement Seekers.  Now that we have nearly 50% of the workforce not paying any federal income tax, we are rapidly approaching a turning point.   Entitlement seekers believe the world owes them something because they woke up this morning.  They believe the government paying their way is a free ride.  To them, it’s free money.  It does not occur to them (or they don’t care) that every penny they take as an entitlement involves their neighbor paying for it.  With regard to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, they don’t realize or care that what they will take out of it will vastly exceed what they paid into it.  It becomes welfare, plain and simple.  What bothers me is that many of these are senior citizens that would otherwise consider themselves conservatives.  They want what they are owed (entitlements) and to hell with those left behind when it all falls apart.  These are greedy old farts that should be ashamed of themselves.

Whiners.  These voters have an intense sense of entitlement and believe there ought to be laws governing nearly everything.  They want life to be fair, and by God, since it isn’t, let’s legislate it to make it that way.  They do not buy into the concept that freedom means opportunity for all, not guaranteed success regardless of effort.  They are the ones that love trial lawyers that will sue anyone for anything.  They are the ones that fall for the class warfare messages.  Republicans are evil and rich and every penny they have was stolen from the working class or taken from them unfairly.

So here’s my problem, I can’t plug my brother into any of these?  He’s actually none of them.  In fact, he has some very conservative views on many things, but when it comes to voting for Obama, he’s going to do just that.  He’s not what I would consider an “Independent,” because he will nearly always vote Democrat.

So, I’m of the opinion that for people like him, our message should be focused like a laser on convincing them that we’re headed for disaster — very soon!  It remains to be seen if we can recover from the damage Obama has already done, but if he’s elected again, I feel confident that we cannot.


We should ignore all other issues.  I don’t give a rats ass about anything else right now.  The so called “war on women,” gay rights, abortion, etc., are all completely meaningless to me right now.  Because if we don’t get our financial house in order, right now, none of that other stuff will matter.  We simply have to convince the public that we are are headed for a total meltdown.  This is hard.  Once we start talking about Keynesian economics vs. Friedman economics, their eyes glaze over.  But, we’ve demonstrated that the free enterprise system has worked for over 200 years, yet there’s never in history been a successful implementation of the Keynesian model.

How do we do this?  I have no idea.  But I do believe we’re focusing on the wrong issues in our campaign to defeat President Obama.  We shouldn’t take the bait every time the opposition throws out issues like gay marriage, birth control at Catholic universities, immigration reform, and every other social issue that liberals love to use as a tool to divide the nation.  We should focus on impending doom.  We simply have to convince the public that renovating the kitchen while the house is on fire makes no sense.


And now for the answer to the title question.  How can you love a liberal?  It is indeed possible.  I’ve always looked up to, admired, and loved my big brother, and I still do.  We have helped each other over the years in difficult times.  There is a saying that says “nothing unites those who oppose each other more than a common enemy.”  We’ve faced common enemies in the past and continue to do so today.  While we will likely never agree on politics, there is still much that unites us.  I wish the rest of the public could be like that.

Cut Your Expenses by $1.65 per Year

Remember BHO claiming he would go through the budget line by line.  Well, according to the media, he’s kept that promise, but let’s take a look at the substance.  He challenged his cabinet to reduce their budgets by a combined total of $100 million.  Sounds impressive doesn’t it?  However, compared to the $3 trillion budget, it doesn’t amount to much.

To put it in perspective, if you make $50,000 a year, and assuming you live paycheck to payheck, and you reduced your expenditures by the same percentage, you would save $1.65 per year.  Wow, that’s really impressive BHO.  Keep up the symbolism over substance campaign.  Do you really think we’re all that stupid?  (somebody, check my math please?)

Liberals Hate Capitalism

I recently ran across a post at The Absurd Report that I liked.  It inspired the following comment from me that I decided to use as a post here.

Liberals would never admit they don’t like capitalism because saying so is patently absurd.  I doubt they would even admit it to themselves.  The bottom line: liberals really don’t like capitalism because “it’s not fair” (you can almost hear the whining in the background).

The fundamental difference between liberals and conservatives is this: conservatives believe in “equal opportunity” and liberals believe in “equal outcome.”  It’s that simple.  Capitalism provides for equal opportunity, but by its very nature, there will be winners and losers.  For the most part, the winners are those that worked the hardest and risked the most.  In the liberal mind, the “losers” should be entitled to what the “winners” have earned, even if they didn’t work as hard or risk as much.

Capitalism doesn’t automatically provide for those that don’t work hard or take risks.  Liberals hate that.  The irony of it all is that without capitalism, there be be virtually no philanthropy to provide help to those that truly do not have the “opportunity” to succeed.

It’s funny how liberals like to present themselves as the champions of “the common man.”  This idea was popular prior to capitalism because the parts of the population that were “successful” got that way because they were born into nobility.  They did not earn their wealth, they were born with it and “entitled” to it simply because of who they were.

Capitalism changed much of that.  Yes, some kids are born into wealth, but at least in most cases it was because their parents earned that wealth.  It had nothing to do with notions of “nobility.”  Yet, the champions of the common man want the general population to hate the successful ones as if they got that way only because of their ancestry.

A New Constitution

I’ve often thought it would be an interesting exercise to try to re-write the constitution–only to clarify the actual intent by the authors.  There are many source documents (Federalist Papers, etc.) that would help us glean the intent.  Many of our problems stem from people, judges, and legislators trying to bend the meaning of the words to mean what “they” want it to mean. Let’s face it, some people simply don’t like some of the rights afforded in the Constitution (the 2nd Amendment comes to mind).  If it were more clear what the actual meaning of the articles were, there would be far fewer problems.

Unfortunately, including the specificity would require the use of examples, e.g., “No our right to free speech was never meant to allow pedophiles to promote their sick lifestlye on the Internet.”  And with this, leads to more loopholes, because we couldn’t possibly think of all the ways people would want to abuse the “right” provided.

I’m sure there would be a way to do this, but it would take a group of very smart people, of the caliber of our founding fathers, to pull this off.  I know I’m not smart enough to do it, but I truly believe they’re out there.  I’m also confident they would not come from the political realm.  These people would need to be of the strict constructionist camp, not the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.